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Frigidaire Refrigerator
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Post# 728436   1/18/2014 at 01:23 (3,129 days old) by missyv ()        

Does anyone have an idea of the year of this frige? In addition to what this frige would sell for?
also do the older friges use a lot of energy?
I thank you in advance.

Post# 728439 , Reply# 1   1/18/2014 at 01:41 (3,129 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        

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I'll take a guess and say 1980 or maybe older.


In 1985 -86 I was living in a household that had a similar Fridgidaire, but without the metal trim around the door edges.  Along with having three doors, which sacrifices some freezer space, it also consistently took three tries before the compressor would kick in.  We weren't sorry to see it go when we remodeled our kitchen. 


Relative to a modern day refrigerator of the same size, this one would be considered an energy hog.  I can't see paying more than $100 for it -- if it's working properly. 

Post# 728443 , Reply# 2   1/18/2014 at 01:53 (3,129 days old) by washer111 ()        
Energy Consumption of Refrigerators

Being that this model is a SxS (Plus a third door), you will be looking at an energy hog ESPECIALLY with a Frost-Free system fitted to the unit. However, if this machine is big enough to fit all your goods (I assume you wish to purchase it?), then it may even save energy compared to running a half-full (or empty) refrigerator plus your full 'other' refrigerator (or more, if you have it). 

I should also note that even today, the French Door and SxS models still consume ridiculous amounts of energy in the home, so you really are much better off with an Upside-Down model or conventional refrigerator of ANY age than this "thing."


However, I would debate the energy consumption of the Cyclic-Defrost Refrigerator models of the past. Those are not energy hogs by any means. I have heard of people using a "Kill-A-Watt" meter and measured older machines using less energy than current models. 


Depending on the compressor Frigidaire used for these particular machines, I might be concerned about the reliability of the refrigerator in the long term, but I guess its come this far, so why not farther? 

The biggest issue will be finding parts (Timer, Heating Element, Wiring Harness etc) for the automatic defrost system if it exists on this unit and IF it should break down at some point. This is why I would suggest a manual-defrost model if possible, since any available parts will be NOS and expensive. 


I can't give a very accurate age on the unit, but considering its design and lack of sick-inducing colours, I would hint at late 70's or early 80's. 

Post# 728455 , Reply# 3   1/18/2014 at 03:54 (3,128 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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It looks like a 1980 or newer WCI product. Some of the very last 1979 GM models were badged as "Elite" but I don't think this one is a GM product. There's probably a sticker inside the fridge's door with the model number and information.

Post# 728466 , Reply# 4   1/18/2014 at 06:13 (3,128 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Nice 'fridge!

Looks to be an early WCI built refrigerator, early 80's vintage.

Post# 728486 , Reply# 5   1/18/2014 at 07:31 (3,128 days old) by laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        

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It's a Westinghouse.

Post# 728507 , Reply# 6   1/18/2014 at 09:29 (3,128 days old) by DaveAmKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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The last good WCI product...!

We had a 1984 2 Door Non-Elite...

However, it lost a hunk of plastic on the bottom of the freezer door that would turn the light off when it was shut, so I had to glue a Lego there...

-- Dave

Post# 728525 , Reply# 7   1/18/2014 at 10:52 (3,128 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Energy hogs...

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speaking of energy hogs -how about this Lady Kenmore

looks cool, but it looks expensive to run, too.

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Post# 728530 , Reply# 8   1/18/2014 at 11:22 (3,128 days old) by NYCWriter ()        
It looks like ...

... mid- to late-70s to me.

That era was big on the faux wood trim.

Post# 728592 , Reply# 9   1/18/2014 at 18:31 (3,128 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

If it is frost free its going to use more energy, the old fridges from the 50s and 60s that you defrost are economical to run, and keep food much better.

Post# 728656 , Reply# 10   1/18/2014 at 23:27 (3,128 days old) by missyv ()        

Always loved the retro. Maybe I just never grew out of it. I thank all of you for your awesome and helpful replies. I have added more photos I should have posted the first time. My apologies.
I did pay $94 for the frige. Im bummed to hear it's an energy hog though. I was amazed how clean and how great it still works so I bought it. Ill keep you all posted on the energy bill..ha ha! Thanks again everyone!

Post# 728659 , Reply# 11   1/18/2014 at 23:59 (3,128 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        
Don't feel bad

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For $94, it will take a long time for your top-of-the-line fridge to use enough energy to make up the difference between the cost of its brand new equivalent today.   If it's clean and it works well, you got a good deal. 


If it has coils on the bottom instead of on the back, be sure to remove the front grille and vacuum them once or twice a year to keep the system running at its most efficient level.

Post# 728668 , Reply# 12   1/19/2014 at 01:39 (3,128 days old) by washer111 ()        

Like I said above, even if it is an energy hog with its "luxurious" features and capacity, it may even save you in the long run, since you may avoid running ½ full/empty refrigerators/freezers in your home and you won't have to worry about semi-frequent replacement or repair of a modern unit. So you are saving the environment by making this purchase. Good on you!

And whilst some seem to swear that newer appliances = better reliability, I really beg to differ. I doubt we will see any of the computer-controlled luxury heaps of today in 20 years time, unless they were gently used!


On a side note, we were initially told to expect a maximum of 7-10 years from our current large freezer/refrigerator. Well, they're now 15 years old and not one expensive repair, I guess we just got two good runners.  

Post# 728682 , Reply# 13   1/19/2014 at 06:20 (3,127 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Well worth $94.00. If I was selling it, it would have a $150.00 price tag.

Post# 731287 , Reply# 14   1/28/2014 at 14:02 (3,118 days old) by simplicity345 (Aliquippa,Pa)        
Refrigerator Question

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Post# 731335 , Reply# 15   1/28/2014 at 18:31 (3,118 days old) by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        
My Aunt and Uncle had one of those

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Their house was built in 1984, and the frig was a new purchase just for that house, so I am saying 84 or older. I believe they bought their's from Ward's so it was a signature brand.

Post# 731349 , Reply# 16   1/28/2014 at 19:59 (3,118 days old) by epixstar128 (toledo)        

Good deal i wish i could find something like that

Post# 731393 , Reply# 17   1/28/2014 at 22:49 (3,118 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

It doesn't have the "GM Mark of Excellence" on it. But it is in great condition!

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